An alumni profile
in the arts.
The University of the Arts
The University of the Arts,
presently comprised of the
Philadelphia College of
Art and Design and the
Philadelphia College of
Perfor/ning Arts, rejoices
in a 120-year tradition.
This tradition dates from
the formation of the Penn-
sylvania Museum School
of Industrial Art (1876)
and the Philadelphia
Musical Academy (1870).
Since those origins, the
University has expanded
to offer challenging under-
graduate and graduate
programs in Design.
Media Arts. Fine Arts.
Crafts. Dance. Music and
Theater A rts.
The University of the Arts
is tht only //iiivtrsity lu the iidtioii dedicated exclu-
sively to education and professional training in design
a)id the visual and performing arts. As si/ch. the
school provides unique people with a unicjue environ-
ment where artists congregate with other artists.
At The University of the Arts, not only do students
acquire the critical skills necessary to develop their
artistic vision, hut they are educated to contribute to
and advance their respectii'e professions. Graduates are
fully equipped to pursue careers in their specialized
fields, hiownig that they have a strong sense of how
the arts apply to a broad range of social, political and
The accomplishments youfl read about on the follow-
ing pages are a tribute to the creativity and drive of
our alumni, faculty, and students.
These artists serve as an example to today's students
of how talent, coupled with hard work and dedica-
tion, can lead to success and career satisfaction.
'The University of the Arts is unique. . .
■' Where else can you walk
down the block into an-
other building and be able
to fraternize with dancers,
actors and artists instead
of being completely sur-
rounded by musicians and
no one else? "
'89 music, Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Violinist with Philadel-
phia Orchestra, for which he soloed three times prior to
graduation. Was soloist with the Chicago Symphony under
Georg Solti, and with the Boston Pops, and performed at the
U.N. and in Costa Rica. Overall winner. National Federation
of Music Clubs competition and prize winner, Joachim Inter-
national Violin Competition, Austria.
'There was a dynatnic about the school that really
celebrated creativity, an atmosphere which allowed
for a lot of personal expression. . . ''
73 - 75 graphic design, Carbone Smolan Associates, New
York City. Their design firm has created signage for the
Museum of Modern Art and the Louvre; designed the "Day
in the Life" photography book series; and textbooks for
Houghton Mifflin and McGraw-Hill. Alumni Award
Ken: "I can reniemher
walking Hp stairtcells
never knowing if I would
encounter something hang-
ing there, such as an
that was a student project.
The school was full of con-
stant surprise, and I think
it has to u 'ith the fact
that, instead of a sprawl-
ing campus, it's a concen-
trated, very saturated area
of creativity right in the
heart of downtown Phila-
Leslie: "To this day I
come back to the process
that was stressed: not just
picking one good idea but
brainstorming a number
of conceptual ideas and
then refining one over and
over again, constantly
eliminating what's unnec-
essary, until you arrive at
the strongest communica-
tion possible. "
'The University of the Arts allowed me to be in an
environ?nent and a community of fellow striving
young creative artists. ^'
'' Instead of being isolated
with other dancers. I was
able to mingle with actors,
musicians and visual art-
ists. And all the while I
was exposed to New York,
without having to live
there: the University con-
stantly brings New York
dance teachers and per-
formers to the University. "
Antonio Carlos Scott
'88 modern dance, New York City. Member of the Alvin
Alley American Dance Theater company; he also danced with
The Jamison Project and was a dancer/teacher with the Phila-
delphia Dance Company while still in college. He has trained
with the Pennsylvania Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and
Houston's Allegro Ballet.
'My years at the school were a great awakening.
"That's, when things opened
up for me intellectually.
My convictions, and my
awareness of the world,
art. and what it means to
be an artist grew tremen-
dously. It was a great
period of time for me. "
'54 -'58 pointing, Philadelphia. Nationally-renowned
painter whose work is in the permanent collections ot the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Phila-
delphia Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, Chicago Art
Institute and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,
"The school trained my eye to see — to gain insight
into my subject matter. . . ''
' A long u 'jth photography
courses. I took painting
and graphic c/esign. The
liberal arts classes were
helpful as well. You have
to learn English and
literature ami art history,
because when you get out
into the real world, you
need to know how to write,
do an estimate, and coni-
niunicate u 'ith people. You
can't jnst take pictures. "
'8i photography. New York City. Portrait and fashion pho-
tographer whose work has appeared in Vanity Fair. Rolling
Stone, Time. Details. Philadelphia magazine and The Philadel-
phia Inquirer Magazine. She has photographed David Byrne,
Queen Latifah, Deee-Lite, Lenny Kravitz, and Michael J. Fox.
'The University of the Arts gave me an understanding
of the concentration and dedication that is needed to
structure your life around your career. "
Rhonda LaChanze Sapp
" // also gave me a range of
dance styles and tech-
)iiqiies. that I don't tbink
I uv//ld Ih/re learned
i/nyu'ljere else. I was also
exposed to niiisic. both
reading and u 'riting it.
s'niging and acting. Over-
all. I felt I ivas exposed
to every aspect of the per-
forming arts industry. "
'85 theater dance. While still at the University she was
selected to appear in the first ot her three Broadway shows,
"Uptown It's Hot " with IVIaurice Hines. She followed that
with the revival of "Dream Girls" and "Once on This Island."
tor which she received a 1991 Tony nomination tor best
featured actress in a musical. Outer Critics and Drama Desk
nominations, and a Theater World Award. She appeared in a
"Jesus Christ Superstar" revival, in a recurring role on the
Cosby Show, in a film role in "My New Gun" and also in
a number of television commercials.
'They have an excellent faculty and The University of the Arts
has an ace in the hole — it's in Philadelphia, which I think is
a great place to be. .."
"I always thought the great
thing about the school — it
was true then and it's a lot
better now - is that it
makes minds open up and
keeps you thinking. You
have to learn how to draw
and paint, of course, hut
you also have to read and
learn how to be observant. "
VO illustration, New York City. Internationally-known
illustrator who has drawn for numerous magazines, including
Punch. Esqidre, Time, Life. Sports Illustrated, Money and
With the help of The University of the Arts
I was able to meet my goals. . . "
" When I entered the Uni-
versity. I had just recently
graduated from high
school and I was a very
excited music student.
What I needed the most
at that moment were
teachers who would focus
me on the right things so
that 1 could become a com-
plete musician. "
7/ music, New York City. Has been featured nationally on
the Tonight Show, Arsenio Hall Show, NBC News, CNN,
Friday Night Videos, and many others including PBS, HBO,
BET, and Arts & Entertainment Channels. He has composed,
arranged, produced, recorded and/or performed with Paul
McCartney, Jeff Beck, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Carlos
Santana, Natalie Cole, Nancy Wilson, George Duke, Stewart
Copeland, Return to Forever, Ramsey Lewis and many others.
Since the early 70s he has been an active recording artist with
all of his recordings being released internationally. Tours with
regular concert performances in all parts of the world includ-
ing North America, Japan, Europe and South America.
'There was a strong emphasis on drawing,
and that kind of basic foundation will
never fail you. . . ''
' Your style will evolve over
the years. . . But what
keeps you vital in this
business is the ability to
draw, paint, compose
and think. If you can do
that. It all really falls
into place. "
'56 illustration, Philadelphia. Illustrated the books "Peter
Rabbit," "Aesop's Fables," and, in 1991, "The Wizard of Oz,"
the latter two being published under his own Jelly Bean Press/
Random House imprint. His editorial illustration work
includes 40 TV Guide covers, work in Redbook. Good Housekeep-
ing. Ladies Home Journal. Cosmopolitan and the Saturday Evening
Post. He has also written two books on Windsor furniture.
when I came to The University of the Arts I had a
sense of what I wanted to do and a lot of energy
but no focus. ^'
7 liked the way the pro-
gram was focused, not only
on the Ditellectual growth
of the actor, but on giving
you a sense of your center
and m training your
body as the prime instru-
ment of expression. You
were encouraged to take
risks without fear of fall-
ing because you knew
ultimately somebody u •ould
be there to catch you. "
'90 acting, New York City. She has played in the People's
Light and Theater Company production ot "Achilles" in
Hungary, Cyprus and the Philadelphia area, and appeared
with the Philadelphia Drama Guild, Philadelphia Area
Repertory Theater Company and Freedom Theater.
7 run into a lot of people who arenH as well-trained as I
am. At auditions nine-tenths of the people pick up a script
and don't know where to begin. . . "
"The Univernty of the Arts
helped me immensely in the
audition process because
you are taught how to
make instant, simple
choices that are right for
you and to go from there. "
'87 acting, San Francisco. Her Off-Broadway acting garnered
glowing reviews and a Hirshfeld caricature in the Neiv York
Times: she has appeared on film ("The Hard Way") and TV
("Law and Order," "One Lite to Live" and for the BBC). In her
work for the New Dramatists, she has done numerous readings
for playwrights such as John Patrick Shanley.
'When I came to the school I realized I tvasnt at the
top of the heap anymore. It was an eye-opener, a very
powerful environment. "
"Such an immersion in
work! We had classes from
eight in the morning till
six at night, and you were
up as long as you could
stand It every night to
do the work. The curricu-
lum forced you to drain
'G9 gluiilmetali, Kensington, New Hampshire. His work
has been in numerous exhibitions including the MetropoUtan
Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution's Renwick
Gallery, American Craft Museum, Philadelphia Museum of
Art, Corning Museum of Glass, the National Gallery of
Victoria (Melbourne, Australia) and the National Museum
of Modern Art (Kyoto. Japan). He is an independent artist
and designer tor Cristallerie Daum in France.
'The faculty inspired me to constantly search for
new answers, ideas and concepts in design. '^
"I also learned to look at
design from a broad-based
perspective - not just as a
product or graphics or
interiors or signage, but as
an integration of all those
facets all the time. The
kind of synergy that
results is what I have
practiced over the years,
and what I teach. "
'60 industrial desigii. Ohio Eminent Scliolar in Art and
Design Technology at The Ohio State University and owner
and president of Noel Mayo Associates, Inc., the nation's first
African-American industrial design firm. A former chairman
of Industrial Design at The University of the Arts, he has
designed telephones, seating, desks, lighting fixtures and dim-
mer controls (Lutron Electronics), exhibits, homes, offices,
stores, restaurants, Philadelphia International Airport's
communication center and signage for the airport, the city's
mass transportation system and shopping malls.
7 had my first experiences with chamber inustc in
college and that changed my whole life. "
" The repertoire forces you
to listen, and that's very
inipiirtant uhe)i playing
tilth an orchestra because
a lot oj what yon do is in
response to uliat the or-
chestra is doing. . . I also
took certain courses. S(n)te
rehited to music and some
not - a course on Wagner
and the Ring cycle, a
course in which I had to
choreograph a dance piece
to electronic music, and an
America)! poetry course —
thiit opened up my hori-
zons til he a more perceptive
73 piano, Minneapolis, Minnesota. A concert pianist, she has
appeared with the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra,
Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles
Philharmonic and the National Pittsburgh and Minnesota
symphonies. She has given recitals with Yo-Yo Ma, Arnold
Stenhardt and Benita Valente; recorded acclaimed albums;
garnered top prizes in competitions including the Leeds Inter-
national, Leventritt, and Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin
Competition, and is an Alumni Award recipient.
'The discipline and the emphasis on how to
be a professional is something that I rely
upon to this day. ''
' The attention from the
teachers and the time they
spent with each student
was special. They taught
us hou ' to let our strengths
and abilities really show
through. . . "
'84 crafts! metals, Westport, Connecticut. Senior designer,
Trifari Inc., New York City. Award winner. Sterling Silver
Silversmiths Guild of America and finalist, in the Johnson
Matthey SNAG Platinum Jewelry Design Competition.
A World of Opportunity
The Unitersity of the Arts
As the alumni profiled on these pages prove, an
education in the visual and performing arts can
lead you to unexpected places and beyond. Each
of these individuals began his or her education
with an interest and commitment to the arts.
Through ambition, dedication and discipline,
each was able to achieve a superior level of accom-
plishment and career satisfaction.
In today's competitive global economy, businesses
are rapidly becoming aware of the need tor cre-
ative people to handle increasingly complex tasks.
The opportunities are virtually unlimited lor stu-
dents who can think critically and solve problems
The University of the Arts currently counts over
150 career paths lor talented visual and perform-
ing arts students, and that number keeps grow-
ing. The University's Office of Career Planning
and Placement is continually updating the files
and cultivating opportunities in industry, fine
arts, and performing arts organizations.
Students at The University of the Arts are im-
mersed in an intensely creative arts environment.
Your classmates may someday patent a revolu-
tionary new design idea, win an Academy Award,
exhibit in the Museum of Modern Art, perform
in Carnegie Hall, create the special effects for
Terminator VII, or start a dynamic new company.
The University ol the Arts can help you fulfill
your dreams for the future in any number of ways.
The University of the Arts is an inspiring envi-
ronment where visual and performing artists can
develop talent and professionalism. It's also a
place where, as The University of the Arts alumni
demonstrate, hard work, talent and dedication
can lead to lasting rewards.
Philadelphia College of Art and Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts
• Graphic Design
• Painting and Drawing
Bachelor of Science
• Industrial Design
• Art Education
• Art Therapy
• Master of Arts in Art Education
• Mastet of Arts in Teaching in Visual Arts
• Master oi Arts in Museum Education
• Master of Fine Arts in Book Arts/Printmaking
• Master ot Fine Arts in Museum Exhibition Planning
• Master of Industrial Design
Philadelphia College ofPerforiiiiiigArts
Bachelor of Fine Arts
• Dance Education
• Theater Arts
• Musical Theater (Acting, Directing, Musical Theater,
Bachelor of Music
• Performance (classical or jazz/commercial)
• Two-year Certificate (Dance, Music)
• Diploma in Music
• Master of Music (performance or composition)
• Master of Arts in Teaching in Music Education
• Graduate Diploma in Music
• Graduate Diploma (performance)
For more information please contact:
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102